Updated 29 November 2017

Incontinent? Travel with confidence

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Anyone can experience urinary or bowel weakness at any age or stage of their lives – and this can make you reluctant to leave the safety of your own four walls.

However, this doesn’t have to be the case; with careful preparation and good planning, you can go wherever you want.

1. Before you leave

Consider how you'll be travelling to your destination and how transportable the products you use will be. If you are flying, you might not be able to take along as much as you would like to because of weight and other restrictions.  

TENA products are available all over South Africa. You could however pre-order online and arrange for delivery to your destination to save you time, worry and money.

If you are going abroad, use a vacuum bag or strong tape to reduce the volume of large pad supplies.

Remember to divide products among different suitcases and bags just in case any of them go missing in transit.

Think about toilet access while you are travelling. You could pre-book a seat close to the toilet if you're flying. If you are going by car, map out the route and make a note of the restroom facilities on the way.

2. In transit

• Public toilets can vary, so you might want to take extra cleaning products to keep yourself clean and fresh. TENA Wipes are perfect for this as they have been specially developed to cleanse, restore and protect the skin, leaving you feeling fresh.

They are suitable for everyday use on all skin types without the need for drying. 

You may need to bring your own disposable bags for used products and your own peace of mind. A deodorising spray will help to save you any embarrassment. 

And remember, many men’s toilets do not have disposal bins, so you may need to double-bag a pad or product before you can find a suitable place to dispose of it.

Keep spare supplies of pads, underwear and clothing handy in case of leakages.

3. When you arrive

Try as far as you can to stick to your usual diet as this will help reduce any bladder or bowel irritability. Holidays are meant to fun though so the occasional treat shouldn’t do much harm!

Make sure food is well prepared, especially meat and fish, and avoid raw fruit and vegetables that have been washed with tap water.

Is the water supply the same as you are used to?  Stick to bottled water if there is any doubt, and make sure you also brush your teeth with bottled water. Don’t forget ice in drinks can also cause problems.

Many areas are experiencing water restrictions right now which could make your usual personal care tricky at times. TENA No-rinse Wash Cream and Wet Wipes work by gently cleansing the skin without the need for rinsing, perfect for those times when you need to freshen up and are faced when there's little or no water.

For advice on bladder weakness products, please call us on 087 359 1079. Visit TENA for more information on our product range. You can also buy TENA products online at TENA Shop.

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Incontinence Expert

Prenevin Govender completed his MBChB at the University of Cape Town in 2001. He obtained his Fellowship of the College of Urologists in 2009 and graduated with distinction for a Masters in Medicine from the University of Cape Town in 2010. His special interests include laparoscopic, pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence surgery. He consults full-time at Life Kingsbury Hospital in Claremont.

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